Non-invasive fat removal utilizes innovative technologies to efficiently and painlessly target and eliminate subcutaneous fat cells without disrupting surrounding tissues. These procedures may be effective for those struggling to slim down stubborn pockets of fat through diet or exercise alone; additionally, non-invasive removal methods may serve as a precursor for surgical liposuction procedures with less downtime required.
Minimally invasive fat reduction treatments employ various techniques, such as heat or cold temperatures, laser energy, radiofrequency energy and ultrasound waves as well as injections to eliminate unwanted body fat. These procedures may be surgical, such as traditional liposuction or noninvasive with only local anesthesia required at the plastic surgeon’s office requiring body contouring results varying depending on which approach and method are chosen by each patient and individual surgeon. The end results of such procedures vary considerably according to method chosen and individual patient’s requirements for body sculpting results vary accordingly.
Liposuction is an invasive cosmetic procedure requiring the expertise and specialized training of a plastic surgeon. A small incision is made into the skin before inserting a tube that suctions out fatty tissue; this process typically lasts 30 to 90 minutes with anesthetic being administered during this time to reduce any discomfort or soreness experienced from treatment.
Invasive procedures often yield more dramatic and immediate body contouring results than noninvasive therapies; however, they pose more risks and require longer recoveries times. Many patients opt to combine both procedures in order to achieve their desired body shapes.
If you’re considering minimally invasive treatments to address stubborn fatty deposits, consult with a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green. She can work with you to develop a tailored treatment plan based on your medical history and aesthetic goals, to find which approach will be the most beneficial to you.
Some noninvasive treatments require multiple visits to your plastic surgeon’s office, especially treatments such as CoolSculpting or Kybella that involve freezing fat cells (CoolSculpting or Kybella respectively) or combining two technologies in one device (Sculpsure). For these procedures, multiple sessions must be scheduled in order for you to achieve success.
After your session, you will return home to relax. While some mild swelling or tenderness is common after treatment sessions, most people achieve their ideal body shape between three and six months after their final appointment.
Noninvasive fat removal candidates include individuals who have an isolated pocket of fatty tissue despite diet and exercise, are close to reaching their weight goal or within normal range for their height, and do not suffer from medical conditions that interfere with treatment. Those opting for surgery should consult a board-certified plastic surgeon for optimal results.